Fortnite players in the US have been granted an extended opportunity to claim refunds for unwanted in-game items. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has extended the Fortnite refund deadline until February 29, providing players with more time to rectify unintended purchases.
Samsung and Fortnite Collaboration
- Long-Standing Partnership: Samsung and Fortnite have enjoyed a collaborative relationship since the game’s Android launch in 2018. The partnership has resulted in the release of various skins, maps, and items.
Fortnite Refund Lawsuit
- Unwanted Purchases Lawsuit: Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite, faced legal challenges due to sales of in-game items that players allegedly did not desire. The lawsuit prompted a settlement with the FTC, setting aside $245 million for refunds.
Refund Claims Process
- Extended Deadline: Originally set to conclude at the end of January 2024, the Fortnite refund deadline has now been extended until February 29, 2024. This extension allows affected players more time to initiate the refund claims process.
- Eligibility Criteria: The FTC reports that 37 million eligible Fortnite users may be impacted by Epic Games’ practices. To qualify for a refund, players must have been charged V-bucks for in-game items they did not intend to purchase between January 2017 and September 2022.
- Child Purchases: Refunds are also available for purchases made by children who used their parent’s accounts without adult supervision between January 2017 and November 2018.
Filing a Refund Claim
- Online Claim Form: Players seeking refunds can access the online claim form on the FTC’s website. The form requires users to provide their Epic account ID and confirm whether they received an email from the FTC.
- Email Notifications: The FTC will continue to send emails to potential refund recipients, encouraging them to submit their claims before the February 29 deadline.
Fortnite players affected by unintended in-game purchases have the opportunity to rectify these transactions by filing refund claims with the FTC before the extended deadline. The collaborative efforts of the FTC and Epic Games aim to address concerns and provide a fair resolution for impacted players.